No asterisk if Sabres beat Leafs' 10-0 record

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Whenever the NFL's lone remaining unbeaten team finally tastes defeat during each NFL season, members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins always toast the moment with a glass of bubbly.

It is their way of celebrating the fact that they maintain their place in history as the only squad to post a perfect regular-season record - in this case, 14-0.

Don't expect the 1993-94 Maple Leafs to follow suit, however.

There will be no champagne corks popping, they claim, should the Buffalo Sabres lose one of their next two games.

The 1993-94 Leafs still hold the record for most consecutive victories to start a regular season, going 10-0.

Thirteen years later, the Sabres are threatening that mark.

Lindy Ruff's young speedy squad has rocketed out of the gates with an 8-0 record and can eclipse the Leafs' milestone with victories in Montreal tonight against the Canadiens, on Long Island Thursday versus the New York Islanders and at home Saurday when the Atlanta Thrashers pay a visit to the HSBC Arena.

"(The Sabres) are a fast club and they started out perfect," Doug Gilmour, a member of those 1993-94 Leafs, said last night. "But this is a little different. We didn't have shootouts like they do now."

An NHL official confirmed yesterday that the Sabres record would be legit despite the fact they have won a handful of games via the shootout.

In other words, there will be no asterisk in the record book should Buffalo win its next three outings.

"It's tough to do," Gilmour said. "I remember there were some tough games we didn't deserve to win on our run, but we found a way to get it done."

Gilmour recalled that the Leafs' record was not the biggest story of the day in Toronto. On the same night, they established the mark, Joe Carter swatted his WorldSeries-winning home run off Mitch (Wild Thing) Williams to give the Blue Jays their second consecutive championship.


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